If you’re interested in bikepacking but you live in a major metropolitan area without car access, you’re not alone. While bikepacking has exploded in popularity in the last few years, it does have an aura of inaccessibility for new riders, riders without all the “right” gear , or riders who can’t easily get to the great outdoors to even start their adventure. Making bikepacking more accessible to all is Adventure Cycling’s mission, and because of that, the company recently introduced free digital routes for two- to five-day bikepacking trips from major city centers.
Adventure Cycling has long been the home for routes like the TransAmerica Trail and Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, but Short Routes will allow bikepack-curious riders to test the waters without major commitments. The digital routes can be downloaded and printed as cue sheets or loaded onto phones and GPS computers.
The routes range from 19 miles to 140 miles. Each route doesn’t just contain a map, though. The Adventure Cycling Short Routes each are packed with key “waypoints” along the route, with intel on accommodations, grocery stores, restaurants, water sources, scenic stops, bike shops, and public transit. Video player poster image The routes were created with help from locals, which was a new way for Adventure Cycling to discover what areas were really like for riders. “Each route was community submitted, and we worked in partnership with BIPOC, LGBTQ, women, and intersex bicyclists to gain a new perspective on these areas,” says Katie Harris, Adventure Cycling’s […]